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Jacyln Roessel

NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Jacyln Roessel

A citizen of the Navajo Nation, Jaclyn Roessel is proud Diné asdzaan (Navajo womxn), a poet, certified personal coach, and a cultural equity & justice consultant. Roessel believes in the power of Indigenous ways of knowing and teachings to support the building of healthy, strong, and just communities. She lives in the Pueblo of Tamaya with her husband and their children. 

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NEA Big Read Keynote: Bring Them Home
Layli Long Soldier, Patti Hibbeler, Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, Jacyln Roessel, Agnes Woodward

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Keynote, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk; American Indian, Community, Human Rights, Indigenous, Social Justice
Every time a person goes missing, it's a tragedy. But statistics are only part of the picture. In times of crisis, we come together as a community to protect one another, honor those we've lost, and gather strength to keep moving. Join Layli Long Soldier and community advocates for an evening dedicated to missing Indigenous people.

About NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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